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Basil Butter Texas Toast

Garlic Basil Butter Texas Toast- alway a crowd pleaser. Shown here with mango salsa skewers.

This is one of my most popular recipes by far and it’s SO EASY! I make grilled Texas Toast all the time at my Women’s Grilling Clinics and these are supremely addictive and there are never any leftovers. It surprising how easy it is to make creative compound butters with whatever herbs you might have on hand, and the bread gets beautiful char marks on the grill. Texas Toast loaded in butter is by no means a “healthy” option, but sometimes you just have to give in to temptation and let yourself have a piece.


  • 1 loaf bread, sliced into 2” pieces
  • 1 batch compound butter


Take a loaf of your favorite type of bread and slice 4-6 (or more depending on how many pieces you want to make) 2” inch pieces. Spread them generously with the compound butter.

While grilling your meat on the grill on direct heat, put your bread on indirect heat until char marks form. You can put the Texas toast on direct heat (directly above the coals or gas burner) but you will need to watch them very carefully to ensure the pieces do not burn, no more than a minute a side.

Texas Toast is done when the bread starts to get slight grill marks and butter turns golden brown.

Basil Compound Butter

A compound butter is simply butter whipped together with your favorite ingredients. Get creative and use your own herb/ingredient combination to complement your meal!


  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of fresh basil
  • Sea salt to taste

Directions: Let butter come to room temperature. DO NOT melt in the microwave, it will change the texture of the butter. Combine butter and the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse to puree the ingredients. Put in an easy to access container and store in the refrigerator.

Congratulations, you just made your first compound butter!!

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5 Responses to Basil Butter Texas Toast

  1. Chris October 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    That compound butter would rock brushed onto grilled chicken.

  2. Robyn October 27, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Wow. Why have I not thought of that before?? Great idea.

  3. Lea Ann October 28, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    My fresh basil has just perished under 10 inches of snow and 19 degree temps, but you can bet I’ll be buying some more to make this butter. I haven’t had Texas Toast in years and it this all sounds really really good.

  4. Katherine October 28, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    I have a ton of fresh basil just crying to get with some butter and garlic!

  5. Robyn October 29, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    I have made this with so many different herbs. Also really great with grilled jalapenos and cilantro and sea salt! Good luck!

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